Serena Williams Sept 2, 2022; Flushing, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA waves to the crowd after losing to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia on day five of the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

At the conclusion of a three hour contest against Ajla Tomljanović, the legendary tennis career of Serena Williams ended. It was almost like nobody wanted it to end.

Serena very much left it all out on the court this week at the US Open. She took care of Danka Kovinić in the first round and then defeated No. 2 ranked Anett Kontaveit in the second round. Unfortunately, Serena was unable to progress any further, and Tomljanović defeated her in the third round 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.

Even if you aren’t a tennis fan, you could appreciate what Serena and Venus Williams have done for the sport of tennis. Serena even said in her post-match interview, “I wouldn’t be Serena if it wasn’t for Venus.” The two of them transformed the sport. For women and for Black women, making tennis a sport for all.

Serena ends her career with the following accomplishments:

  • Four gold medals
  • Seven Australian Open singles titles, four doubles titles
  • Three French Open singles titles, two doubles titles
  • Seven Wimbledon singles titles, six doubles titles
  • Six US Open titles, two doubles titles
  • 73 career titles, 23 grand slam
  • Held #1 ranking for 319 weeks (third most)
  • Held #1 ranking for 186 consecutive weeks (tied for first)

Many showed their appreciation for the GOAT as she enters the next chapter of her life.

I was lucky enough to watch Serena warmup and then play in a US Open semifinal one year and to see her play in person, you didn’t have to know anything about tennis to know that you were seeing an artist out on the court. It’s been one incredible career that we may never experience again.

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